Writing Tools

55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
Author: Roy Peter Clark
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316028400
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 272
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A special 10th anniversary edition of Roy Peter Clark's bestselling guide to writing, featuring five bonus tools. Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America's most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of fifty short essays on different aspects of writing. In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available. Organized into four sections, "Nuts and Bolts," "Special Effects," "Blueprints for Stories," and "Useful Habits," Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature. This new edition includes five brand new, never-before-shared tools. Accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and above all, useful for every type of writer, from high school student to novelist, Writing Tools is essential reading.

How to Write Short

Word Craft for Fast Times
Author: Roy Peter Clark
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 031620434X
Category: Reference
Page: 272
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America's most influential writing teacher offers an engaging and practical guide to effective short-form writing. In HOW TO WRITE SHORT, Roy Peter Clark turns his attention to the art of painting a thousand pictures with just a few words. Short forms of writing have always existed-from ship logs and telegrams to prayers and haikus. But in this ever-changing Internet age, short-form writing has become an essential skill. Clark covers how to write effective and powerful titles, headlines, essays, sales pitches, Tweets, letters, and even self-descriptions for online dating services. With examples from the long tradition of short-form writing in Western culture, HOW TO WRITE SHORT guides writers to crafting brilliant prose, even in 140 characters.

The Art of X-Ray Reading

How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing
Author: Roy Peter Clark
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316282162
Category: Reference
Page: 288
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Roy Peter Clark, one of America's most influential writing teachers, draws writing lessons from 25 great texts. Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading, a form of reading that lets you penetrate beyond the surface of a text to see how meaning is actually being made. In THE ART OF X-RAY READING, Clark invites you to don your X-ray reading glasses and join him on a guided tour through some of the most exquisite and masterful literary works of all time, from The Great Gatsby to Lolita to The Bluest Eye, and many more. Along the way, he shows you how to mine these masterpieces for invaluable writing strategies that you can add to your aresenal and apply in your own writing. Once you've experienced X-ray reading, your writing will never be the same again.

Help! For Writers

210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces
Author: Roy Peter Clark
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316192759
Category: Reference
Page: 304
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The craft of writing offers countless potential problems: The story is too long; the story's too short; revising presents a huge hurdle; writer's block is rearing its ugly head. In HELP! FOR WRITERS, Roy Peter Clark presents an "owner's manual" for writers, outlining the seven steps of the writing process, and addressing the 21 most urgent problems that writers face. In his trademark engaging and entertaining style, Clark offers ten short solutions to each problem. Out of ideas? Read posters, billboards, and graffiti. Can't bear to edit yourself? Watch the deleted scenes feature of a DVD, and ask yourself why those scenes were left on the cutting-room floor. HELP! FOR WRITERS offers 210 strategies to guide writers to success.

Free to Write

A Journalist Teaches Young Writers
Author: Roy Peter Clark
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Publishers
ISBN: N.A
Category: Education
Page: 281
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Free to Write offers hundreds of practical ideas on how to turn elementary and middle school students into better writers and learners.

The Glamour of Grammar

A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English
Author: Roy Peter Clark
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316089067
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 304
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Early in the history of English, the words "grammar" and "glamour" meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools, aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals. In this practical guide, readers will learn everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs. THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMAR gives readers all the tools they need to"live inside the language"--to take advantage of grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing. With this indispensable book, readers will come to see just how glamorous grammar can be.

America's Best Newspaper Writing

A Collection of ASNE Prizewinners
Author: Roy Peter Clark,Christopher Scanlan
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312443672
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 324
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America's Best Newspaper Writing represents the "best-of-the-best" from 25 years of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Distinguished Writing Awards competition. With an emphasis on local reporting, new stories including more on crisis coverage, and pedagogical tools to help students become better writers, the second edition is the most useful and up-to-date anthology available for feature writing and introduction to journalism classes.

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing


Author: Gary Provost
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440672660
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 176
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This is the one guide that anyone who writes--whether student, business person, or professional writer--should put on the desk beside pencil, pen, typewriter, or word processor. Filled with professional tips and a wealth of instructive examples, this valuable, easy-to-use handbook can help you solve any and all writing problems.

Line by Line

How to Edit Your Own Writing
Author: Claire Kehrwald Cook,Modern Language Association of America
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395393918
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 219
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The complete guide to self-editing, illustrating the most common problems with hundreds of before-and-after examples

Masterminding the Deal

Breakthroughs in M&A Strategy and Analysis
Author: Peter Clark,Roger Mills
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN: 0749469536
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 352
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Following a quiet period in global M&A activity, a new boom seems to be underway, but in an age where two-thirds of all merger deals can be said to fail (where deals fall short of the minimum required financial returns to the acquiring company), how can future success be guaranteed? And what can acquirers, and their shareholders and advisers, do to improve the chances of success? Masterminding the Deal looks at performance in two critical areas - merger segmentation (the identification of critical characteristics and attributes separating more successful mergers from the rest) and category-specific synergy diagnosis (the differentiation of synergy benefits - expenses, revenues, tax - to ensure maximum rewards). Through this in-depth analysis, the book provides the managers and advisers of acquiring firms with concise and actionable frameworks to improve and enhance merger performance. Masterminding the Deal will help you to identify and apply the key components of merger success.

On Writing


Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743455967
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 297
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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Stein On Writing

A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies
Author: Sol Stein
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466864990
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 320
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Your future as a writer is in your hands. Whether you are a newcomer or an accomplished professional, a novelist, story writer, or a writer of nonfiction, you will find this book a wealth of immediately useful guidance not available anywhere else. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions-- how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." You will find one of the great unspoken secrets of craftsmanship in Chapter 5, called "Markers: The Key to Swift Characterization." In Chapter 7, Stein reveals for he first time in print the wonderful system for creating instant conflict developed in the Playwrights Group of the Actors Studio, of which he was a founder. In "Secrets of Good Dialogue," the premier teacher of dialogue gives you the instantly useable techniques that not only make verbal exchanges exciting but that move the story forward immediately. You won't need to struggle with flashbacks or background material after you've read Chapter 14, which shows you how to bring background into the foreground. Writers of both fiction and nonfiction will relish the amphetamines for speeding up pace, and the many ways to liposuction flab, as well as how to tap originality and recognize what successful titles have in common. You'll discover literary values that enhance writing, providing depth and resonance. You'll bless the day you read Chapters 32 and 33 and discover why revising by starting at page one can be a serious mistake, and how to revise without growing cold on your manuscript. In the pages of this book, nonfiction writers will find a passport to the new revolution in journalism and a guide to using the techniques of fiction to enhance nonfiction. Fresh, useful, informative, and fun to read and reread, Stein on Writing is a book you will mark up, dog-ear, and cherish.

On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition

An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction
Author: William Zinsser
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062250507
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 336
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On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

The Book on Writing

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well
Author: Paula LaRocque
Publisher: Marion Street Press
ISBN: 1933338946
Category: Authorship
Page: 240
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Teaches the elements of good writing through the use of essential guidelines, literary techniques, and proper writing mechanics.

7 Essential Writing Tools

That Will Absolutely Make Your Writing Better (And Enliven Your Soul)
Author: Marni Freedman, M.S., LMFT
Publisher: Archway Publishing
ISBN: 1480823090
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 368
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Marni Freedman invites you to fall in love with the magic that is writing with writer-tested-and-approved tools on story structure, scene creation, plot, voice and character. You need this kind of kick in the pants. The master coach whose credits include writing a play that was turned into a Disney movie offers fresh and practical ideas on writing, including: The 15 Essential Plot Spots-a plotting tool for everything from novels to memoirs to screenplays The big list of 55 Character Archetypes Insights into figuring out how you (yes, you) work as a writer The 5 elements that will ensure you have a compelling story idea A clear explanation of anti-heroes, anti-villains and everything in between The 9 elements of crafting a dynamic character 3 steps to finding and boldly using your unique writer’s voice “Can a book be practical and inspirational at the same time? Offer both structure and soul? Oh, yes it can. Master writing coach and teacher, Marni Freedman, does it all with good humor, a little bit of sass, and a great deal of heart, in her book, 7 Essential Writing Tools. Get it and get to work!” — Judy Reeves, author of Wild Women, Wild Voices and A Writer’s Book of Days

Oxford Guide to Plain English


Author: Martin Cutts
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199233458
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 202
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Plain English is an essential tool for effective communication. Information transmitted in letters, documents, reports, contracts, and forms is clearer and more understandable when presented in straightforward terms. The Oxford Guide to Plain English provides authoritative guidance on how towrite plain English using easy-to-follow guidelines which cover straightforward language, sentence length, active and passive verbs, punctuation, grammar, planning, and good organization. This handy guide will be invaluable to writers of all levels. It provides essential guidelines that will allow readers to develop their writing style, grammar, and punctuation. The book also offers help in understanding official jargon and legalese giving the plain English alternatives. This guide gives hundreds of real examples and shows 'before and after' versions of texts of different kinds which will help readers to look critically at their own writing. Helpfully organized into 21 short chapters, each covering a different aspect of writing. Clearly laid out, and easy to use,the Oxford Guide to Plain English is the best guide to writing clear and helpful documents.

Several Short Sentences about Writing


Author: Verlyn Klinkenborg
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307279413
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 203
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A New York Times editorial board member and esteemed writing instructor counsels aspiring writers on how to move past conventional understandings about creativity, writer's block and other literary challenges to develop a greater understanding of how thinking, noticing and learning are integral parts of the writing process. 20,000 first printing.

The Write-Brain Workbook

400 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing
Author: Bonnie Neubauer
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599638386
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 400
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"You're seated at your desk, fingers poised above the keyboard, ready to write ... but the words aren't coming. You're tapped out -- or worse, burnt out. The blank page strikes again." "Never fear. If you're battling writer's block, or if you're just looking for ways to flex your creative writing muscles, The write-brain workbook revised & expanded will ensure that you never have to face another wordless day. Brimming with 400 stimulating writing prompts -- including more than 60 exercises new to this edition -- you'll create quirky characters, discover fresh twists on classic word games, sample new forms, and generate scores of ideas for poems, short stories, articles, and even novels. Write, scrawl, scribble, and dream on each page -- the possibilities for creativity are endless!"--Back cover.

Keys to Great Writing

Mastering the Elements of Composition and Revision
Author: Stephen Wilbers,Faith Sullivan
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781440345807
Category: English language
Page: 288
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"Mastering the elements of composition and revision"--Cover.

On Writing


Author: Charles Bukowski
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 006239598X
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 240
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Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters. Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this collection of correspondence—letters to publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers—the writer shares his insights on the art of creation. On Writing reveals an artist brutally frank about the drudgery of work and canny and uncompromising about the absurdities of life—and of art. It illuminates the hard-edged, complex humanity of a true American legend and counterculture icon—the “laureate of American lowlife” (Time)—who stoically recorded society’s downtrodden and depraved. It exposes an artist grounded in the visceral, whose work reverberates with his central ideal: “Don't try.” Piercing, poignant, and often hilarious, On Writing is filled not only with memorable lines but also with Bukowski’s trademark toughness, leavened with moments of grace, pathos, and intimacy.